MUSCAT: The Green Sports initiative launched by Bank Muscat to promote Oman as a sporting nation is making steady progress across the sultanate as a new playground developed as part of the unique CSR programme will be handed over to Al Khutum Team in Fanja in the wilayat of Bidbid under the auspices of H E Dr Hamad bin Said al Aufi, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, on April 25.

The Green Sports CSR programme was launched by the bank in 2012 to lay the foundation at the grass-root level for a sustainable sports infrastructure.

In a record time, the bank has achieved notable success in developing green fields in all parts of the sultanate, thus contributing to realising the sporting dreams of clubs and teams. Till date in the first three years of the programme, 34 sports clubs have been given support to green their playing fields.

The bank’s support to the initiative stems from its commitment to giving a helping hand to all deserving teams and clubs in Oman to green their playing fields.

The bank recognises that local clubs wield immense influence on neighbourhood communities, especially youth, hence clubs with modern infrastructure facilities can help raise sporting heroes for the country.

The funding criteria of the programme, include that sports clubs/teams should have been in existence for three years with a minimum membership of 300 youth from the local community.

In 2015, the bank widened the scope of Green Sports initiative beyond greening of playgrounds.

From this year, sports teams and clubs seeking Green Sports support can choose from four options to either green their playgrounds with natural or synthetic turf, or avail support to affix flood lights or water desalination equipment to facilitate greening of fields in areas facing problems of water salinity.

The move is aimed at providing wider representation to sports clubs and teams to build sustainable sports infrastructure in all parts of the sultanate.

Green Sports application forms are available at the CSR department in the bank’s head office or can be downloaded from the Bank Muscat website Completed forms must be submitted before April 23.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily